The end of the school year is always bittersweet--the excitement of summer vacation and remembering all the awesome learning, exploring, and fun of the year. We are truly bittersweet over the ending of our "Oh! The Places We Will Know" project because we were just a few states shy of connecting with someone in all 50 states; but have made so many connectons along the way!
When we began this project we wanted our students to see the world outside of our school and community. We wanted them to connect what they were learning in the classroom to another part of the country. We wanted to provide a human connection and make learning real. We certainly achieved these goals. The Skypes were more than just a 30 minute segment of a day, they were learning experiences for our students. As the year progressed many referenced the author, expert, or other class they had previously Skyped with.